5. The Rest Of The Euros


As for the other European brands at Suzuka, there were eight BMW S1000RRs and two Ducatis; one an 1199 Panigale, the other a 1098R, shown above. Despite a few of the top World Endurance teams running the S1000RR, it turns out the highest-finishing BMW was from the Confia Flex Motorrad39 team, who came home in 15th place, seven laps behind the winning Factory Yamaha team. Of the two Ducatis, the 1199 Panigale of Banner Racing H.K.C. blew an engine, spilling oil on the track, causing an extended yellow flag period to clean up the mess. The other Ducati, the 1098R fielded by seasoned All-Japan Superbike team Sugai Racing Japan, successfully finished the race in 37th place.